Book Review: Staging Socialist Femininity: Gender Politics and Folklore Performance in Serbia , written by Ana Hofman

Book Review: Staging Socialist Femininity: Gender Politics and Folklore Performance in Serbia ,... (Leiden and Boston: 2011: Brill). ISBN: 978 90 04 19179 2. Based on her doctoral dissertation at the Graduate School for Intercultural Studies, University of Nova Gorica, Slovenia, Ana Hofman’s Staging Socialist Femininity is a concise, theoretically informed monograph on female singing groups in southeast Serbia, focusing on their activities within the amateur folkloric institution Village Gatherings ( Seoska okupljanja ) from the early 1970s to the mid-1990s. Framing the narrative with Yugoslavia’s socialist past, Hofman takes a fresh look into the music culture of rural Serbia from the perspectives of gender and cultural policy. The book reads like an extended essay on socialism, blending fieldwork and archival research with engaged theoretical discussion and reflexive commentary. Without explicitly addressing the issues of post-socialist transformations, Hofman ambitiously treats her research site—relatively limited in scope—as a case study for re-examining tenets of East European (music) scholarship dominated by the static terms of official/unofficial discourse. Loosely following the chronology of Yugoslavia’s nation-building after WWII, the narrative is organized in four chapters, each employing varied source material: interviews, public policy documents, audio and video illustrations, and extensive literature. In the introductory chapter, Hofman uses conventional methodology of reconstructing the past from scholarly Southeastern Europe Brill

Book Review: Staging Socialist Femininity: Gender Politics and Folklore Performance in Serbia , written by Ana Hofman

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